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00000174-b11b-ddc3-a1fc-bfdbb1a20000The Schreiner University Department of History is honoring the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War with a series of short vignettes focusing on events from 1861 through 1865. The Civil War was the most destructive conflict in American history, but it was also one of our most defining moments as a people and as a nation. Let us know what you think about "This Week in the Civil War." E-mail your comments to Dr. John Huddleston at jhuddles@schreiner.edu.Airs: Weekdays at 5:19 a.m., 8:19 a.m., 4:19 p.m. on KTXI and 4:49 a.m., 9:29 p.m. on KSTX.

This Week in the Civil War - 453

Early in December 1862 both the Union and Confederate armies clashed in a series of skirmishes in the East.  In Tennessee forces of Rosecrans* and Bragg skirmished at Nolensville.  Grant in Mississippi attacked Oxford, Hudsonville, and Mitchell’s Cross Roads on his relentless drive toward Confederate held Vicksburg. 

In West Virginia there was a skirmish at Romney and a ten-day Union expedition toward Logan Court House.  In Virginia there was fighting at Beaver Dam Church and at Hartswood and a Federal expedition to Westmoreland County.  But the real focus was in the Fredericksburg, Virginia vicinity, where Stonewall Jackson’s corps after a forced march from the Shenandoah Valley assumed the right flank of Robert Lee’s Confederates who awaited Ambrose Burnside’s Federals. Most observers expected Burnside to attack within days.